The Bleu Castle or The Castle of Books

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This is The Blue Castle or The Castle of Books. In French it’s called Château Bleu or Château des Livres, a beautiful abandoned castle somewhere in France. On a beautiful day we decided to meet our French friends Timothé and Fabien at this castle. We met Timothé before at another urbex location and decided to go on a trip together. He took his friend Fabien with him.

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We left early in the morning. After a long journey of several hours we arrived in the village where the castle is located. The castle is on a main road and parking was difficult.

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We decided to park our car a bit away from the castle. After a quarter of an hour walking we finally reached the gate of the castle. Our French friends were already waiting for us there.

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We were happy to see each other after such a long journey. After we had a short chat, we decided to enter the castle. They had been there before, so they showed us the way inside.

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The castle is known for it’s blue walls. Once inside, I recognized it from the photos I had seen online before.

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The castle is still almost fully furnished. It seemed that the residents had just left. yet I learned that the castle has been abandoned for almost 20 years.

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The castle has remained in good condition for a long time after the departure of the residents. There were no signs of water anywhere. Usually the decay of a castle starts with the leakage of the roof.

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After a cold winter, these leaks often turn into big cracks because of expanding ice. Fortunately, this was not yet the case.

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After an hour of photographing the blue rooms, we decided to explore the other ones. The kitchen with a large table was still full of old-fashioned kitchen stuff.

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In front of the window there was a beautiful copper watering can.

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After the kitchen we left for the first floor. This seemed huge compared to the lower floor. We found an old Philips radio with record player. It probably still could play music. We decided not to test this. There was still electricity on the sockets. I do not know why this is the case, because nobody lives there anymore.

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The many bedrooms were still fully equipped. It looked like someone had slept there that night.

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This castle is very well suited for a hotel. The beautiful environment in which it is located would probably attract many tourists.

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There were cupboards full of books in every room. The former residents probably love to read.

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The castle is therefore also known as Chateau des Livres which means Castle of Books.

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Among the many books there were also albums with photo’s. We browsed through some of them. These were full of holiday photos, probably from the sixties. With all their wealth, the residents were able to travel all over the world at an early stage, something that was not usual at that time for people with an average income.

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Almost all rooms were equipped with beautiful dressers with postcards and pictures of friends and family.

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There were also a number of small rooms that were probably used to retreat to pray or to settle down.

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The castle consisted of many small windows that provided a nice view at the courtyard.

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Once we had photographed the first floor we walked to the attic. It consisted of a long corridor with, at the end, a room with paintings. Probably of family members or friends. There were also some crates. We decided not to open them.

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We continued our journey to the ground floor. Here we found the basement with again a number of cabinets with books.

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We were almost done photographing this location. During our visit there were a number of other urbexers or explorers along. They stayed for a while. The location is increasingly known among urban explorers.

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After about 3 hours we had photographed the whole castle and left for the next location. It is still a relatively unknown location and luckily nothing has been destroyed.

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